A long conversation about no one

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Peter Hartcher: It was one of the main topics of Australia’s national conversation for almost half the post-Cold War era: would John Howard hand the prime ministership to Peter Costello? Or would Costello challenge him for it? From September 1999, when Costello said he had only “another budget or two in me”, to November 2007, when the Liberals lost power, the Howard-Costello leadership tension was a staple of political discussion.

In those eight years, or 44 per cent of the post-Cold War era, newspapers, radio and TV carried thousands of stories on it.

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